Keeping Yourself Safe

Keeping Safe on a Night Out

In conjunction with the Students' Union, the Plan Safe, Drink Safe, Home Safe campaign gives you some top tips to ensure you enjoy a fun & safe night out.

Plan Safe:

  • Pack your things! Make sure you’ve got what you need: charged mobile phone, money, keys, safety alarm
  • Eating a meal before you go out is very important and snacks between drinks can help to slow down the absorption of alcohol, helping you stay in control.
  • Keep taxi money safe and separate! Always keep your taxi fare separate so you don’t spend it on drinks
  • Have important numbers in your phone. Save an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number in your phone
  • Save taxi companies in your phone. Make sure you have minicab numbers in your phone (or details of the nearest taxi rank)
  • Check the bus/train times! If you’re travelling home by public transport, find out the times of the buses/trains so you’re not waiting about too long at the station or miss the last one altogether.

Drink Safe:

  • Alternate your drinks. Switch between alcoholic beverages and soft drinks such as non-alcoholic mocktails or water.
  • Never leave your drink! Always keep your drink with you and if you have to part ways with it, make sure it’s in the hands of a trustworthy friend.
  • Check your units on the go! Download a drink aware app on your smartphone to track the alcohol you’re drinking. It will work out how many units you’ve had during your night. Take a look at the Drink Aware website for more info.
  • Think about your health. Alcoholic beverages contain a lot of calories and sugar! Did you know that a glass of wine can have the same calories as four cookies?

Home Safe:

  • Time to call a taxi! The Students' Union Pay Safe, Stay Safe scheme with Streamline Taxi scheme means you just need to show your student card and you can pay the next day at their office in town!
  • Don’t drink and drive! If you've had an alcoholic drink, don't drive home.
  • Time to call it a night? Alcohol can cause insomnia so avoid drinking if you know you’ll be heading home soon.
  • Safety in numbers. Do not walk home alone, stay with friends. Arrange to meet up with friends walking home at similar times and go with them
  • Look out for everyone! Don’t leave your friends behind: If someone has disappeared don’t assume they’ve gone home already, find out for sure.

General Tips

Walk confidently and be aware of what’s going on around you – listening with headphones or talking on the phone while out and about reduces your awareness.

Be vigilant when using cash machines – protect your PIN, avoid the need to use a cashpoint late at night and if you have been drinking. If you do need to withdraw cash late at night use a machine in a well-lit area and stay with friends

There are several apps you can download to your mobile phone that provide another level of security, wherever you are. Once set up, they can quickly and silently connect to your friends, family and Facebook account to alert people if you’re in trouble, or let them know exactly where you are and that you need help.

Take a look in your app store at things like ‘bSafe’

Unlicensed Taxis

York Council has issued advice regarding using only licensed taxis in York.

Sexual Health

NHS Choices' guide to sexual health is a good place to find out about contraception, sex and young people and STIs. If you want to talk to someone about sexual health you could visit the Student Health Centre or one of the YORscreen Drop Ins at Monkgate Health Centre.

Keeping safe – Diabetes

Dealing with diabetes can be daunting, whether you’re newly diagnosed, an old hand, or even if it's someone you know who has the condition. You may be looking for information, advice, or just a bit of a chat; having someone to talk to can make all the difference. You can get online support here.

If you prefer help closer to home, then visit the Student Health Centre, where you can book an appointment with a doctor or specialist diabetes nurse.

Keeping Safe - Meningitis and Measles

Meningococcal C disease (commonly known as Meningitis) is a rare but life-threatening infection that occurs mainly in children and young adults. Students starting university and mixing with lots of new people, some of whom may unknowingly carry the meningococcal bacteria, are at risk of infection. For more information see this information sheet specifically for University students.

Public Health England is currently recommending that all new university entrants under the age of 25 should be vaccinated with Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine before the beginning of the new academic term in 2015. Please contact the Student Medical Centre for more information.

There has recently been an increase in measles cases across England, particularly in young people over the age of 15 years. There have also been large measles outbreaks across Europe. Check whether you received the MMR vaccine as a child and read this NHS leaflet for further information and advice.



First Aid

If you are hurt or injured on campus at any point, you must seek help, there are trained first aiders onsite 24/7 who are able to assist you. Advice can be sought from Main Reception in Holgate or via the Security Team.

Main Reception T: 01904 624624

Security T: 01904 876444

If you are hurt or injured and you are not on campus, again there are lots of services who can help.

Information on York Health and Medical Services

River Safety

The rivers in York, whilst beautiful, can be extremely dangerous. No one ever plans to fall into the river but it does happen, being under the influence of alcohol could cause a slip or a fall, trying to impress your friends and diving in are all things that could occur and could end with serious and even fatal consequences. Always avoid walking by the rivers during hazardous weather conditions, after nights out drinking and do not jump into the river.

North Yorkshire Police have released three short films as part of their latest river safety campaign, supported by York St John University.

RLSS Don't Drink and Drown

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